‘Jewel box’ recladding plan to boost fire safety at Finnieston Quay hotel

Glasgow’s Hilton Garden Inn is in line for an external makeover to improve the fire safety and appearance of the property nestled beside the Finnieston Crane and the Scottish Events Campus.

An application has been made to reclad the six-storey 164-room hotel, which was constructed around 1999, to bring it up to the technical standards of today.

Overseen by Threesixty Architecture and Buro Happold Fire Engineers, the project aims to “reposition a prominent building on a prominent site by carefully capturing the historical industrious tones of the River Clyde to create a ‘jewel box’ of black and silver and reflection”.

A design document included with the application explains: “The building is compliant with the technical standards in place at the time of construction, however the client wishes to improve the building envelope for both fire performance and appearance.

“The cladding replacement also allows the opportunity to improve thermal performance, improve external lighting and enhance/improve the existing signage.

“This planning report, we believe, presents a viable and credible recladding strategy that will address both the principal fire safety concerns, whilst also improving the physical appearance of the building and its prominent presence on the waterfront.”

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